Statewide science assessment results for Spring 2010 were released by the Vermont Department of Education today. The results are from the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) Science assessments, given to Vermont public school students in grades 4, 8 and 11 in May 2010. This is the third year of administration of the NECAP Science Assessment.Fifty-four percent of Vermont fourth graders assessed were proficient or higher in science, up two percentage points from last year. In grade eight, 29 percent were proficient or higher, up five points. In grade 11, 28 percent were proficient or higher, up 1 point from 2009.“While our scores continue to increase slightly each year, we obviously have a long way to go regarding how well our students acquire science skills and knowledge,” said Commissioner Armando Vilaseca. “The department will continue its efforts to identify instructional methods and strategies used by schools with the highest scores on the NECAP science assessment so all Vermont schools and students can benefit from what those schools have learned.”“Students continue to show the greatest difficulty with the inquiry portion of the test, which requires them to analyze, draw conclusions and make predictions from data they collect during a hands-on investigation that is part of the assessment,” said Assessment Director Michael Hock.As seen in previous years statewide and nationally, an achievement gap persists between students from low-income families and their peers. In grade four, 37 percent of those students were proficient or higher, compared to 64 percent of their peers. In grade eight, 15 percent of those students were proficient or higher, compared to 37 percent of their peers. In grade 11, 13 percent of those students were proficient or higher, compared to 33 percent of their peers.The NECAP assessments were created in collaboration with Rhode Island and New Hampshire and is now also administered in Maine. These assessments are designed to specifically assess how well Vermont students have learned the skills and content contained in the Vermont Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunities and Grade Expectations.For school reports, visit http://www.education.vermont.gov/new/html/pgm_assessment/data.html#necap(link is external). Source: Vermont DOE. 9.22.2010
Tags: basketballSummer Hoops Fest For the second time in the event’s nine-year history, the Central region team girls basketball team emerged victorious from the Basketball Coaches Association of New York Summer Hoops Festival – with more than a little help from some area standouts.Cicero-North Syracuse teammates Jessica Cook and Julia Rowe both played for Central, who went a perfect 5-0 in the three-day tournament held last weekend in Johnson City, near Binghamton.Held each summer in early August, the Summer Hoops Fest mirrors the format of the former Empire State Games as all-star teams from all the regions of New York State face each other. There are three games of pool play, followed by semifinals and finals. Sunday morning’s semifinal had Central trailing Rochester 25-24 at halftime, but its depth and balance made the difference in the second half of a 60-46 win, with Lexie Roe (Fayetteville-Manlius) and Kaia Henderson (New Hartford) each producing 11 points.Back in the championship game for the second year in a row, Central met Hudson Valley. Again, it was down one at halfime (31-30), but Cook took over in the third quarter with 16 consecutive points.All told, Cook had 24 points, Streiff got 14 points (11 in the second half) and Catie Cunningham (West Genesee) added 19 points, and Central defeated Hudson Valley 73-53 for the championship.In the boys edition of the BCANY Summer Hoops Festival, Baldwinsville star J.J. Starling helped lead Central to a 3-2 record and a semifinals berth.After a narrow 87-86 loss to Mid-Hudson on Friday, Central’s boys team defeated North Country on Saturday morning and then outscored Suffolk County (Long Island) 82-75.In the semifinals on Sunday morning, Central lost a 79-64 decision to Hudson Valley, who eventually dropped the championship game 80-72 to the same Suffolk side Central had beaten a day earlier.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Cook and Rowe were named to a Central region squad that finished second in this same event in 2018 and aimed to go one step further and claim the title it last earned in the tournament’s inaugural edition in 2011.The opener on Friday night pitted Central against Buffalo, and it won 79-63, with everyone on Central’s 12-player roster getting on the scoreboard, including Cook, who finished with 10 points, and Rowe.,In the first of two games on Saturday, Central cranked up its defense against Capital District, pulling away to a 50-29 victory. Then it beat Southern Tier 76-69 later that afternoon, helped by its inside game as Cook got 16 points and Bishop Ludden’s Amarah Streiff poured in 18 points.